International Diploma in Management and Finance

Equivalent to the first year of a degree, for entry into the second year of degrees in Business, Finance and Economics at Queen's University Belfast

The International Diploma combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for direct entry into the second year of a university degree.

Why apply for the international diploma programme?

  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • a quality-assured NCUK (Northern Consortium United Kingdom) accredited programme
  • full university status
  • a conditional offer of a place on the second year of a relevant undergraduate degree at Queen's University Belfast or at one of NCUK's owner universities
  • a campus-based programme with access to university facilities
  • professional support and guidance with university applications
  • the highest levels of personal care and support

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Who should apply for the International Diploma programme?

The International Diploma is suitable for international students who have completed A-levels or a recognised International Foundation programme, or who are already in the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree in their home country, but do not meet the academic or English language requirements for direct entry to Queen's University Belfast.

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What will I study?

Common Modules:

English Language and
Study Skills
This module is designed to help you develop your skills and confidence in academic English for university study and develop the four key areas of competence; reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Mathematics and Statistics
for Business
In this module you will learn to apply mathematical and statistical methods to economic, financial and business data and gain knowledge and understanding of the basic tools used to solve a range of practical problems in business.
Introduction to Financial
and Management Accounting
This module provides a foundation in the theory and practice of accounting and an introduction to the role, context and language of financial reporting and management accounting. You will gain an understanding of the purposes for which accounting information is used in business, how that information is gathered, processed, and presented and learn how to carry out a basic analysis of financial reports.
Management and Organisations:
Theory and Practice
This module introduces you to the underlying theory behind different types of management structures, processes and practices and considers the relevance of both historical and contemporary approaches to the future of work organisation by practising managers.
Principles of Economics This introductory economics module is designed to provide you with an understanding of fundamental economic theory and equip you with a real understanding of the role of economics in business, public and private decision making.
Financial Institutions
and Markets
You will study topics such as the theory of money, monetary union, the theory of financial intermediation, the structure and operation of the Central Bank, banking regulation, other non-bank financial intermediaries and an introduction to the stock, bond and money markets.


Specialist Modules:

Mathematics for Finance
and Economics
This module will complement and build upon that covered in the Mathematics and Statistics for Business module and will include topics on matrix algebra, further differential and integral calculus and unconstrained and constrained optimisations.
The Business Environment You will study how management ideas and organisations have evolved and the pressures, people and behaviours that help shape that evolution and impact on the operation of organisations.


How will I be assessed?

Successful completion of the International Diploma, subject to getting the required grades for your intended degree, gives you the opportunity to progress to the second year of an undergraduate degree at Queen's University Belfast.

To qualify, you will need to:

  • You will need to pass all of your subject modules to the levels required to progress.
  • You will need to achieve the required grades in your English for Academic Purposes class.

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